Welcome to the Piddle Valley Website

Latest update:   13-10-2023
September 2023 - News & Views now has a new website for the Piddle Valley at www.piddlevalley.life containing events, clubs, community news, health and wellbeing and campaign news.
Please visit the new site for current information.

This legacy site is not being updated but will remain available for the time being, so that historical content will still be available for you.

This site has been created by the PVNV (Piddle Valley News & Views) Editorial Team to bring into one place information about the history, activities, facilities and resources - available to residents and visitors alike - in the parishes of Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras, which include the settlements of Plush and White Lackington.

Situated in the heart of Dorset and on the upper reaches of the River Piddle, the communities have a population of some 1,220 and lie predominantly along the B3143 and the River Piddle, from its source near Alton Pancras, southward through Piddletrenthide to Piddlehinton.

Annual reminder - Look out for Hedgehogs

Hedgehogs face three main dangers, particularly when the nights get cooler and darker:

An unlit bonfire looks an inviting hibernation spot to a hedgehog. But when the bonfire is lit, the hog will not run out and will suffer a horrible death. To avoid this, build your bonfire on the day you plan to light it.

Dark roads: Hedgehogs are more difficult to see during these dark nights, so please slow down and watch out for them when driving at night.

Hunger: Late born hoglets have difficulty finding enough food and getting to hibernation weight (650gms). From November onwards, any hoglets found foraging at night or in the day should be taken in and fattened up. If fed outside, they may wander off to hibernate while still underweight and will probably not survive the winter. To give them a chance, please put them a box and call me. I can advise you how to look after them or find someone to care for them until they weigh enough to hibernate and can be released.

To give them a chance:
  • Prepare a box - line it with newspaper and a towel
  • Add a warm hot water bottle wrapped in a tea towel for the Hog to snuggle up to
  • Wearing stout gloves, lift it carefully into the box
  • Add a shallow bowl of water
  • Call me. I can sdvise on how to look after them or find someone to care for them until they weigh enough to hibernate or release.

Kate Boyle 01300 348562 or Janet Keen 01300 348851